Judge Gives Convicted Rapist Custody of Woman’s Son After Twelve Year Old Girl Refused Abortion
10-17-17, Sanilac County Michigan judge Gregory Ross granted custody to a convicted rapist for a child he fathered following the 2008 abduction, torture and rape of Tiffany, a twelve year old girl. Judge Ross stated he was not informed that the 8-year-old boy in the case was born from rape. He overturned his decision. And prosecutor apologized for not clearly stating who the individuals were in the case and how they were related. The rapist, Christopher Mirasio, did not seek custody.
To begin with these chain of events should never have been a problem, because in Michigan there's a law on the books called the Rape Survivor Child Custody Act. This 2016 law allows rape survivors to terminate the parental rights of their attacker, even if the rapist was not convicted. A mother can go to court and terminate the rapists parental rights using a “clear and convincing evidence” standard, the same used for child abuse or neglect in custody hearings. And there was clear convincing evidence in this case as Mirasio confessed and was convicted as well as his DNA test proved his parentage.
In this case, the rapist was released from prison in 2016 and Mirasio has agreed to pay child support and waiving all other rights to the boy.
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